Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 14, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a slog today. Parked at Beaver Brook and did an out and back to Galehead, South Twin, North Twin, South Twin and down. 16 miles with 4375' of elevation gain. Barebooted for the first 3 miles or so up the Gale River Trail. Lower down its running water and mud. Then spikes up to Galehead and South Twin. Conditions deteriorated as the day warmed up and the snow got slushy. Then snowshoes out to North Twin, back to South, past the hut spur and most of the way down Gale River Trail, switching to bare boots for the last 3 miles back to the cars. Our last 3 miles were in light rain. There's a lot of snow out there still - between 3 and 4 feet at elevation.

We met three people at the bottom of the South Twin climb at 3:15 pm who'd spent the night at 13 Falls and had broken trail up to the hut without snowshoes. They planned to hike to Guyot for the night and we gave our honest opinion of that plan. Hope they made it or had the common sense to back off. They were looking kind of wet and demoralized by that point. I can only imagine what climbing South Twin without snowshoes in slushy snow was like, let alone the Twinway to Guyot.  
Name: Philip Werner 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-14 
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